Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Fri, 04/17/2015 - 8:14am
Skeptics question whether children can master what they need to know with no required curriculum, and advocates concede that free schools are not for everyone. But they say it’s a form of education that trusts in children’s innate desire to learn, and cultivates the independent, critical thinking that democracy depends on.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Fri, 04/17/2015 - 8:01am
There's an underlying problem with PARCC regardless of its effectiveness, some parents and teachers say — in the weeks it took schools to administer the tests, students' daily learning was continually interrupted in some schools.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Fri, 04/17/2015 - 6:07am
The Crescent Leadership Academy is one of just three schools set up to deal with problem kids, and before its current principal arrived, it was widely known as a weak link. A local nonprofit alleged the school was little more than a way station on the school-to-prison pipeline.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Fri, 04/17/2015 - 6:03am
A debate over the right to a free public education has surfaced in the most contentious legislative battle in California this year: Does one student's right to an education trump another student's right to stay healthy?
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 04/17/2015 - 2:11am
Charter school lotteries are fixed. Even when operators entice lottery participation, voluntary entry skews the composition of charter populations. Charter lotteries should instead include every student within a district or zone. Such a fix would maintain the power of school choice while providing all the opportunity to make that choice.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 04/17/2015 - 1:53am
Unless empirical studies confirm a sound relationship between performance on Vermont's Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium test and critical and valued life outcomes (college and career-ready), test results should not be used to make consequential funding judgments about schools and students.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 04/17/2015 - 1:50am
If state and federal governments want to improve education, it would be prudent to invest in early childhood education instead of spending huge sums of money developing standardized tests that are putting increasing pressure on school districts in the state with little result.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 04/16/2015 - 3:27am
A new national policy must aim directly at improving classroom teaching and learning. Curriculum must be more demanding, and a fair amount of money should support every student regardless of the property wealth of school districts.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 04/16/2015 - 2:45am
When professional, proven educators learn they’ll have to return to school, pay thousands of dollars in tuition and even student teach to become licensed in Minnesota, it’s not surprising that many teachers choose not to come to the state. Legislators need to establish more fair and transparent pathways to licensure for out-of-state teachers.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 04/16/2015 - 2:35am
It’s said what isn’t tested isn’t taught. Since the decision to postpone instituting passage of the U.S. history test as a high school graduation requirement, entire middle school social studies departments have been eliminated and history courses are being taught by English, math and science teachers.